Alec Bashinsky joins boutique management consultancy Blackhall & Pearl

10 July 2018

Alec Bashinsky has joined boutique management consultancy firm Blackhall & Pearl Talent Services as a managing partner.

After a 14-year stint with Big Four accounting and consulting firm Deloitte as a partner and head of people & performance, Alec Bashinsky has joined Blackhall & Pearl. The move comes as the firm implements a new suite of offerings in the recruitment and HR sector which combine innovation with data analysis.  

Bashinsky will lead the newly founded Organisational Network Analysis team. Organisational network analysis is a structured way to manage personal communications, information, networking and decision making through a formal system. The concept is being implemented by consulting firms globally to help companies position employees where they can have the most impact.

The consulting firms’ talent services are focused on providing boards, chief executives and chief HR officers the ways to measure the culture of their organisation. Driving company culture has long become the golden egg for executives in the corporate world to ensure the success of their company.

Blackhall & Pearl understand this motivation and have tapped into a market which will become increasingly important in the future as company culture radiates through every interaction which clients (present and potential) and influences talented prospective candidates.

This can be seen across the consulting world with increasingly apparent campaigns by Deloitte and Accenture to promote their company culture as being attractive to the next generation of graduates and leaders.

Former Deloitte executive Alec Bashinsky has joined Blackhall & Pearl Talent Services

By using tools like AI insights and tools like organisational network analysis, among other more traditional talent services including HR transformation, future of work, and the talent experience, as well as promoting diversity and inclusion, Blackhall & Pearl can map and predict power networks within an organisation. 

In doing so, they can understand how a network of employees interact and how they divide themselves into informal teams to create a positive work flow outcome. By understanding these natural phenomenons, executives can influence and interact with their staff in a positive manner and also manage high-risk areas more efficiently.

The firms’ AI model states that “organisations are drowning in information while starving for wisdom - we intelligently mine and analyse existing data sets and unlock their true knowledge potential.”  

This is done through analysing an organisation’s social network structure as well as accumulated data to provide a comprehensive and personal element compared to other AI analysis. The end goal of the firm’s AI risk management service is to accurately diagnose workplace productivity, engagement, innovation, misconduct and compliance.  

“The Organisational Network Analysis tool reveals the invisible organisational networks that have the most influence on culture and conduct,” said Bashinsky. “It's like an organisational X-ray. Formal organisational structure reflects authority, accountability, budgeting, policies etc. However, the organisational network structure is how everyday work is actually performed. This has the main influence on local behaviour.”

Due to strict regulation over the retirement age at consulting firms in Australia – e.g. Deloitte’s retirement age for partners is 62 – Bashinsky left the firm as a partner last year. However due, he expressed that he wanted to continue working in the rapidly evolving tech space. “I'm 63 years of age and decided I have still lots more to achieve in the innovative/digital HR space which is my global area of expertise,” Bashinsky said.

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Ian Watt leads Energy & Environment arm of L.E.K Consulting Australia

15 April 2019

Ian Watt has joined L.E.K Consulting’s as a partner and leader of the firm’s Australian Energy & Environment practice. Watt is based in Sydney.

“We are delighted to welcome Ian Watt to L.E.K Consulting,” said Nick Holder, who leads the firm’s operations in the Asia Pacific region and is country leader of the Australia business. “His experience working with utilities to successfully address waves of market disruption and regulatory complexity bolsters our ability to drive value creation for clients.” 

Watt joins from Strategy&, where he worked since 2010, initially with Booz & Company before transitioning to Strategy& through PwC's $1 billion acquisition of Booz in 2014. He brings over a decade of experience advising clients in the energy, utilities, mining and industrials sectors across Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. His experiences span the utility value chain, and comprise a mix of growth strategy (strategic planning, go-to-market models), operational transformation (cost, business model, and performance optimisation) and innovation (design of new products and services). 

During his career at Strategy&, Watt worked from the firm’s offices in London, Sydney, and most recently Calgary – he relocated to Canada in 2016 to help launch and build the Strategy& firm in the country. Prior to his consulting spell, he held several technical an economic consulting roles in the engineering industry, having started his career in Mott MacDonald’s consultancy team in the UK.

Ian Watt leads Energy & Environment arm of L.E.K ConsultingAt L.E.K Consulting, which has over 1,400 professionals globally, Watt will lead the Australian Energy & Environment practice. His appointment comes at a time when the energy & utilities sector is facing major change, with market disruption and regulatory complexity taking hold. According to L.E.K. Consulting, “Primary energy suppliers, OEMs and utilities, among others, turn to L.E.K. to benefit from its experience gathered over decades of tackling major strategic and operational issues in the sector.”

The presence of large energy conglomerates and mining giants means Australia's energy & resources consulting industry is the 2nd largest globally, trailing just the massive market of the United States. Government data shows that the resources sector comprise 15% to 20% of the national economy and up to 60% of Australia’s exports. BHP Billiton (the fourth largest company by revenue in Australia) and Rio Tinto (revenue of $40 billion) are major players in the space, meanwhile beyond mining & resources, companies such as energy retailers (e.g. Alinta Energy, BlueNRG, Click Energy, etc) and energy generators (e.g. AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia) are ramping up their spending on external consultants in a bid to successfully position themselves for future sustainable growth. 

Watt’s move brings the total of new partners at L.E.K. in Australia to three this year. Previously, Joe Sponholtz joined the Sydney office from rival consultancy Partners In Performance, while Melbourne-based Philip Wheeler was promoted internally to partner.

Last week, Bain & Company named a new leader for its Australia and New Zealand division: company veteran Peter Stumbles.